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This Week In Doubtful News PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Hill   

Here is a rundown of the top stories in pseudoscience and paranormal news from the past week courtesy of Doubtful News.  

This week featured announcements of not one but TWO German U-boats found under water. One was off the Nantucket coast, located with side-scanning sonar. The other was discovered in an unlikely location during a search for something completely different. 

Yes, this is the 21st century but witchcraft is still a thing in certain areas of the world. Leo Igwe messaged us about Koboko Night, a religious event sponsored by a Pentecostal church in Nigeria where the message was "That witch must die"

What happened on the night of July 27 is not available but there still exists these witch "crusades" in Africa. Nepal is also subject to witchcraft belief. They have recently passed a law condemning witch persecution

Nigeria already has such laws, and yet, the persecution continues.

Many mysteries surfaced this week. Some were solved!

First, a photo of a giant white owl circulated around the internet. Supposedly from Texas, it was poorly investigated by the local news. Not long after posting this photo to people who were JUST a bit skeptical, the consensus was that it was faked; a photoshopped image. 

A weird-looking bloated carcass washed up on the shore of the East River in New York City. The local officials, when questioned, brushed it off, say inaccurate things about it. It was not a pig left over from a pig roast. A cursory examination of the feet showed it was no dog. (Both were pushed as "official" explanations.) The best conclusion was that this Manhattan Monster was a dead raccoon, a frequent occurrence. You'd think by now, the overreaction would get old. Sadly, it continues, every summer. 

In another New York mystery, an answer was actually found to why a neighborhood suddenly experienced car key fob malfunction

One of the world's most famous mysteries remains inconclusive as a highly publicized expedition to find Amelia Earhart's plane appears to have failed in their mission. 

Over and over, we see psychics associating themselves with missing persons cases in the media. However, over and over, they fail to help. A hot case in Iowa is following the same old story. 

There were several stories about what we might call "abuse of the scientific" this week. First, a press release heralds the conclusion that fluoride in water is related to low IQ. It's distributed via a news outlet that makes the complete misrepresentation look credible. 

The U.S. military is looking to hire acupuncturists. Yep. Tax dollars at work for something that really doesn't work as claimed. 

This study of homeopathy is just plain unethical. And, we'd make a bet the protocol will not be that valid either. 

The "I told you so" story comes from the stars of the National Geographic show "Chasing UFOs". It's terrible TV. No two ways about it. Shame on you Nat Geo for sinking so low. 

Religious spokespeople are connecting the teaching of evolution and the rise of a godless society as a cause for the Aurora shooting. Nevermind that facts dispute all aspects of this. 

Finally, in the *facepalm* story of the week: Ask the log for your lucky lottery numbers. 

Come visit Doubtful News for more stories, updated every day. Be sure to check out the comments on the stories for some additional info and add yours. We make every attempt to weed out the uncivilized contributions. Come see that it CAN be done.

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Sharon Hill runs Doubtful News, a unique feed of news stories about the paranormal, pseudoscience, the weird and the unexplained with questioning commentary.

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written by Peebs, July 31, 2012
Of all the links I've ever been provided by this site, Doubtful News is my favourite.

My only, slight moan is, given that a lot of the news and links provided are quite lighthearted, the rules on posting seem to be a little dour and Po faced.
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written by idoubtit, August 02, 2012
Point noted.

Some of the news is pretty depressing. One goal is to spark people to be a bit outraged. I do tend to get very angry over homeopathy, anti-vax and witchcraft accusations. When people's lives are threatened, it's hard to be lighthearted.

But I will keep this in mind. Thanks.
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written by Peebs, August 02, 2012
Many thanks for your reply.

Your point is well made and well taken but lets face it, subjects like homeopathy and anti vax and the pseudoscience their proponents spout are just ripe for ridicule and thoroughly deserve a comprehensive piss take. (I'm English if you hadn't already guessed)

I do however, agree about the witchcraft accusations and the resulting aftermath.

One of the pubs I frequent has quite a large African clientele (mainly Zimbabweans) and while not necessarily referring to witchcraft, I do sometimes make them think twice about their beliefs.
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On " Psychic Friends Network 2.0"
written by matanglawin, August 03, 2012

I've always thought psychics tapped into the same "netherwork" as every other psychic. They should upgrade THAT instead to a version 1.0 that actually works.
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